The Long Island region is synonymous with luxurious living, and one reason why is because the Hamptons call it home. Certain parts of Long Island have a reputation for being a playground for the rich and famous, but there are 48 active adult communities that offer low-key, sophisticated lifestyles. If you’re not familiar with it, Long Island is part of New York State and consists of two counties, Nassau, and Suffolk. There are dozens of charming villages and towns, like Oyster Bay, Shelter Island, and Port Washington.
Though it is known far and wide for its pristine beaches, Long Island has year-round activities and events for active adults and their families. There are six racetracks and casinos, like Belmont Park horse-racing track and Elmont and Resort World Casino in Jamaica, NY. Museums like the Nassau County Museum of Art and The Long Island Children's Museum offer unique family excursions. There are also around 20 wineries, nine breweries, country clubs, comedy clubs, aquariums, and other museums throughout the island.
Outdoor activities also deserve mention, since Long Island is the 11th longest island in the country and has miles of beaches and marinas for swimming, boating, fishing, sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, you name it. The West Bank Marina and Yacht Club is an exclusive club on the Patchogue River that offers a clubhouse, floating docks, and special events. There are also countless, beautifully manicured public and private golf clubs throughout the region.
A beautiful setting, endless opportunities for indoor and outdoor recreation, and exclusive 55+ communities all make Long Island an outstanding choice for retirement living. Here are some of our favorite picks.
The Greens at Half Hollow - Melville
The Greens at Half Hollow is a gated community that was built from 1994 to 2005 and has 1,200 condo and attached homes. Aside from its own 18-hole golf course and driving range, there is a state-of-the-art clubhouse with a bar and restaurant. Residents can work out at the fitness center and indoor pool, play tennis, relax and swim at the outdoor pool, and walk or bike along the many scenic trails on the property.
There are seven floor plans in all, ranging from 1,100 to 3,200 square feet. Inside each unit has two or three bedrooms, one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and a carport or attached garage. Some upgrades include dens, vaulted ceilings, and covered entries.
The Greens at Half Hollow is 37 miles from New York City and just 30 miles from LaGuardia Airport. There are several lovely parks nearby, including West Hills and Half Hollow Park. Melville meets all of the resident’s shopping needs, with gas stations, grocery stores, banks, and restaurants just minutes away on Walt Whitman Road. The closest hospital is Plainview.
Meadowbrook Pointe Athletic Club & Spa - Westbury
Nassau County’s Westbury Village is in North Hempstead, just 18 miles from New York City. A gated, 55+ community, Meadowbrook Pointe Athletic Club & Spa was built from 2015 to 2016 and has 720 condo and single-family resale homes built by Beechwood Homes. The clubhouse has an indoor pool and fitness center, a cafe and sports bar, a library, a salon and spa, and several activity rooms. The well-landscaped grounds feature a pool, an outdoor bar, a golf simulator, and courts for tennis and bocce.
Meadowbrook Pointe Athletic Club and Spa has 10 condo models from 970 to 2,054 square feet, with one or two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The four large townhome floor plans range from 2,845 to 3,359 square feet, with two bedrooms, and two or two-and-a-half baths. The homeowners’ association manages a busy social calendar, with events like holiday dinners, happy hours, card games, and dinner show trips.
North Hempstead is packed with excellent restaurants like Waterzooi Belgian Bistro & Oyster Bar, parks and recreation areas like Eisenhower Park and Cherry Valley Golf Club, plus a large shopping center just across the main road of Corporate Drive.
HarborView - Port Washington
Also in Nassau County, HarborView is a gated, 55+ community that was built between 2002 and 2004 with 270 condo, attached and single-family homes. Its enviable location is across the street from the Hempstead Harbor beaches and next to Harbor Links Golf Course. On-site amenities include an indoor pool and spa, sauna, a fitness center, plus an outdoor pool and patio. There is also a convenient community bus.
Floor plans range from 1,064 to 3,440 square feet, so there's a wide variety of homes here. They include one to three bedrooms, one-and-a-half to three-and-an-a-half bathrooms, and assigned parking spots or attached garages.
HarborView is close to several other golf courses and country clubs, including the elegant North Hempstead Country Club. This community is also about 10 minutes outside of Queens, and 30 miles from Manhattan.
The Seasons at East Meadow - East Long Island
A life of low-key luxury can certainly be found at this gated active adult neighborhood of 404 resale homes in East Long Island. The Seasons at East Meadow, a large, modern clubhouse, has its own spa and indoor lap pool, along with a fitness center, cinema room, a library, and game rooms. The bucolic property also has an outdoor pool and patio plus a dog park.
There are three cozy condo models from 1,030 to 1,300 square feet, with two bedrooms and bathrooms, and assigned parking spots in front of the buildings. Some of these units have basements, while others have lofts. Upgrades include granite counters, balconies, and patios.
Residents here enjoy many social opportunities, with special events like holiday barbecues, dances, Broadway shows, brunches, casino trips, and grandchildren's day. There are also wine tastings, concerts, parties, Tai Chi classes, card games, and water aerobics. The surrounding area offers ample opportunities for golf at three local golf courses; Long Island MacArthur Airport is about 30 minutes away, while the popular Jones Beach State Park is less than 20.